Couple Abused at LAX for Tweets

John Seiler:

Ever wonder if America is a police state? Wonder no more. Reports the Daily Mail:

“Two British tourists were barred from entering America after joking on Twitter that they were going to ‘destroy America’ and ‘dig up Marilyn Monroe’.

“Leigh Van Bryan, 26, was handcuffed and kept under armed guard in a cell with Mexican drug dealers for 12 hours after landing in Los Angeles with pal Emily Bunting.

“The Department of Homeland Security flagged him as a potential threat when he posted an excited tweet to his pals about his forthcoming trip to Hollywood which read: ‘Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America’.

“After making their way through passport control at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) last Monday afternoon the pair were detained by armed guards.

“Despite telling officials the term ‘destroy’ was British slang for ‘party’, they were held on suspicion of planning to ‘commit crimes’ and had their passports confiscated.

We’re tyrannized over by a bunch of dumb thugs. They don’t understand that British English is different from American English. They don’t want you to have fun. They don’t want you to party. They want you to obey, pay taxes and shut up.

And note that the government spies on Twitter, as it does on Facebook. Big Brother not only is watching you, he’s reading everything you write.

Welcome to 1984 — in 2012.

Jan. 30, 2012


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  1. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 30 January, 2012, 17:27


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  2. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 30 January, 2012, 22:06

    He sent the tweet prior to boarding the departing aircraft in England, right? Why would Homeland Security allow a person who they considered to be a potential threat to board an aircraft bound for America in the first place? No doubt the British government would have cooperated with American officials working out of Heathrow, or wherever.

    But ya gotta figure if the guy was going to visit CA and spend his time in Hollywood he’s not wrapped too tight to start with.

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  3. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 30 January, 2012, 23:42

    “Why would Homeland Security allow a person who they considered to be a potential threat to board an aircraft bound for America in the first place?”

    Answer: The couple didn’t Tweet until they were in America. Then they Tweeted about Hollywood. And they weren’t a threat. The morons at Homeland Security — an unconstitutional, Stalinist department — don’t know that British English is different from American English. And why were they spying on Twitter? The U.S. government is a tyranny. Face it.

    — John Seiler

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  4. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 31 January, 2012, 11:00

    If this went down the way you say it did I find it practically incomprehensible that some guy who just deboarded an LAX arrival from overseas could tweet his buddies back in England with some off-the-wall, non-descript message and maybe 30 minutes later get yanked out of line and arrested for what he tweeted as he cleared customs. There must be millions of tweets that are sent hourly throughout the United States. How could they possibly intercept this guy’s tweet, identify him, determine that he was in the process of clearing customs at LAX, put his information into the US Custom’s watch system, and arrest him? Anyone who knows anything about how government operations would tell you that the government not nearly that efficient.

    I do not question whether we live under a tyrannical government. The banking crisis of 2007 and what happened afterwards confirms that for me. I question whether the events of this story went down as reported.

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  5. Bob
    Bob 31 January, 2012, 20:42

    “Big Brother not only is watching you, he’s reading everything you write.”

    OK, gummit read this: The Amerikan government is a government of the criminals, by the criminals for the criminals and is the most successful criminal enterprise the world has ever known.

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